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Homemade Dog Food Recipe: Dragon's Favorite Stew

Updated on July 16, 2011

Whenever possible, use organic ingredients so your dog can reap the health benefits of chemical-free food. Produce availability varies at stores, so you can substitute ingredients if you'd like (such as using turnips or peeled pears) -- just make sure you research first whether the item is harmful to dogs!

Dragon says, "This stew is SOOOO YUMMY!"
Dragon says, "This stew is SOOOO YUMMY!"

Homemade Dog Food Recipe: Dragon's Favorite Stew


  • 1 pound: Chicken OR Lamb (ground, or cut into bite-size pieces)

  • 6 Carrots, diced

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and diced -- OR

  • 1 small Butternut Squash (or 1/2 medium-large Butternut Squash), peeled and diced

  • 1 large Apple (or 2 small Apples), peeled and diced

  • 2-4 cloves Garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 Tablespoon dried Fennel Seed, chopped or ground

  • 1 Tablespoon dried Oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt

  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • Filtered Water - enough to cover contents


In a large pot, brown the meat (Chicken or Lamb) until practically done. Drain the fat.

Add the Olive Oil, and then add the Carrots and Sweet Potato (Note: Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash are both starches, so use one OR the other). These vegetables take longer to soften, so add them before the rest of the ingredients for some pre-cooking. Cook, stirring frequently, for just a few minutes. They will still be mostly hard -- that's OK -- they will soften completely later.

Then add the rest: Apples, Garlic, Fennel Seed, Oregano, and Celtic Sea Salt -- and finally, add enough Filtered Water to cover all contents by about 1 inch.

Simmer uncovered for about 1 hour, or until the carrots are fairly soft.

Yield: 4 Servings

***Cool completely before serving to your pooch!

***Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container, and re-heat to room temperature (or just barely warm) to serve again.

Additional Tip: If your dog suffers from arthritis, you can add 1 Tablespoon of Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (like Bragg) to each serving of food. Just ladle a scoop of stew into the dog's bowl, then mix in 1 Tablespoon of the raw, organic ACV. If you have a large dog like mine (50lbs+), you can experiment with increasing the dosage to 2 Tablespoons if they tolerate it well during the first week (if their bum doesn't get irritated). But ONLY use raw, organic apple cider vinegar -- NOT apple cider "flavored" vinegar. Raw, organic ACV is the only kind of vinegar that is not toxic to humans or dogs because -- even though it is an acid -- it is the only vinegar that has an alkalizing effect in the body, which is good!



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    • ahmadraza212 profile image


      8 years ago from Pakistan

      i really like this hub dear

    • Valerian profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Hi monica8,

      Yeah, I've heard it both ways for garlic, too. But in my experience, it has never hurt my dog. (Maybe that is because I use organic food, and avoid those nasty chemicals/fertilizers/pesticides at all costs). Maybe it's "healthier" garlic! haha. But yes, I've heard it both ways. It's just...funny dog always acts improved and healthier after eating this food, and no gas or bloating (like from certain canned foods), so I can only guess that it's only harmful in large amounts.

      And regarding keeping worms away, it also helps keeps fleas away! Good stuff, in moderation. Also, maybe it depends on the doggy....

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      8 years ago

      Dragon looks happy with his food, but I have read that certain foods are really bad for dogs. Particularly bad are garlic, onions, leeks, dark chocolate,and salt. Also grapes and raisons. Its confusing, because on one hand I heard that garlic is good against worms, yet on the other hand, is something that can make dogs very ill, actually can kill dogs.

      There is a fertilizer-spray that farmers use for fertilizing fields containing cow pie and grape sideproducts, which poison and can kill dogs if they eat grass or food contaminated with that mix.

      Hope this helps...

    • Valerian profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Thanks, loveofnight! Would you be willing to share your own pet food secrets? I'm always curious to hear new ideas. Sometimes I make doggy breakfast, too - but that's another Hub! :) Take care.

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      9 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      i really like this hub.... my grand, my mum, and i have always made our pet foods.....thx 4 share. i would really like to read one on your dog biscuits

    • Valerian profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Thank you, dohn121! You just made me realize that I should post one for doggy treats, too! There's a few simple things you can do with oats that bake nicely into portable treats, which might be easier to take to your sisters house. I'll post a hub about it soon! Take care.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Although I'm a dog lover, I'm not allowed to have a dog where I currently live and so can only play with my sister's dogs whenever I'm over their house. I would really like to try out this recipe. What a great idea! Thanks.


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